The First Sunday in Lent

February 10, 2008

Prayer:

On my heart imprint your cross,
As your true sign of triumph.
It is for me the noblest tree --
None in foliage, none in blossom,
None in fruit its equal be,
Symbol of the world's redemption.
For it's burden makes us free.
(based on Christian Worship 122:4)

The First Sunday in Lent

February 10, 2008

Focus: Jesus is our Champion

Order of Worship: The Common Service, p. 15

Hymns: 377:1-5, 201, 378, 377:7,8

God's Word

First Lesson Genesis 2:7-9, 15-17; 3:1-7

Satan won a major victory by leading our first parents into sin, so that all of us are born into sin and death. We need a Champion to rescue us.

Psalm 130, p. 114

Out of the depths we cry, for only the Lord, our Champion, can rescue us.

Second Lesson Romans 5:12-19

Just as through the one man, Adam, we all became sinners headed for death, so also through the one man, Jesus Christ, we became righteous to reign in life.

Gospel Matthew 4:1-11

Jesus, our Champion, defeats Satan's temptations. His perfect righteousness counts for you through faith in him.

Genesis 2:7-9, 15-17; 3:1-7

The Greatest Tragedy Ever Told:
In Adam We All Died

  1. A tree of worship
    1. How did God show his abundant goodness and love?
    2. How was the tree of knowledge of good and evil to be a blessing?
  2. A tree of death
    1. What temptations does Satan use to lead people into sin?
    2. How did Adam's sin affect us?
  3. A tree of victory
    1. What is our only hope in this tragedy?


Week of February 10, 2008

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of February 10, 2008

  • Wednesday
    • 2:00pm Ladies' Society (Mary B. serves)
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class: Kept in the faith
    • 6:00pm Lenten Supper
    • 7:00pm Lenten Worship
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday School: Palm Sunday
    • 9:30am Youth Group
    • 9:30am Bible Class:The Service Zone
    • 10:30am Worship

News and Notes

Lenten Suppers: Supper will be served before the Lenten services each Wednesday beginning at 6:00pm. Please pick up the service schedule in your boxes today.

Lent: Come, see your Savior. Lent focuses our attention on what Jesus has done to rescue and save you and me. This year our series is:

Testimonies about Jesus from Unlikely Witnesses

Feb. 6 - Caiaphas testifies about substitution

Feb. 13 - False witnesses testify about resurrection

Feb. 20 - Pilate's wife testifies about innocence

Feb. 27 - Pilate testifies about kingship

March 5 - Mockers testify about Messiahship

March 12 - The centurion testifies about divinity

Sunday Bible Class: Next week we continue The Service Zone, a video Bible class to help us examine the joys and challenges of Christian service towards others. It runs from January 13 to March 2. Even if you have never been to a Bible class, come and see what it's like.

Feb. Ushers: Barry Nelson (capt.), Jason Brown, Jeff Flaten, Ryan Flaten, Dick Lubenow, Eric Zeltwanger

Feb. Cleaners: Kevin & Gloria Zeltwanger; Kerry & Mona Roth

This Week's Kingdom Work
Week of February 10, 2008

  • Wednesday
    • 2:00pm Ladies' Society (Mary B. serves)
    • 4:00pm Catechism Class: Kept in the faith
    • 6:00pm Lenten Supper
    • 7:00pm Lenten Worship
  • Sunday
    • 9:15am Sunday School: Palm Sunday
    • 9:30am Youth Group
    • 9:30am Bible Class:The Service Zone
    • 10:30am Worship

    News and Notes

    Lenten Suppers: Supper will be served before the Lenten services each Wednesday beginning at 6:00pm. Please pick up the service schedule in your boxes today.

    Lent: Come, see your Savior. Lent focuses our attention on what Jesus has done to rescue and save you and me. This year our series is:

    Testimonies about Jesus from Unlikely Witnesses

    Feb. 6 - Caiaphas testifies about substitution

    Feb. 13 - False witnesses testify about resurrection

    Feb. 20 - Pilate's wife testifies about innocence

    Feb. 27 - Pilate testifies about kingship

    March 5 - Mockers testify about Messiahship

    March 12 - The centurion testifies about divinity

    Sunday Bible Class: Next week we continue The Service Zone, a video Bible class to help us examine the joys and challenges of Christian service towards others. It runs from January 13 to March 2. Even if you have never been to a Bible class, come and see what it's like.

    Feb. Ushers: Barry Nelson (capt.), Jason Brown, Jeff Flaten, Ryan Flaten, Dick Lubenow, Eric Zeltwanger

    Feb. Cleaners: Kevin & Gloria Zeltwanger; Kerry & Mona Roth

    News from the WELS

    WELS sends aid to Peru:

    WELS Committee on Relief has donated $20,000 for victims of the Aug. 15 earthquake in Peru—through WELS’ sister synod, the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS). The earthquake, which measured 8.2 on the Richter scale, left over 500 people dead and 85,000 homeless.

    WELS Committee on Relief immediately contacted the ELS after the earthquake and pledged up to $25,000 in assistance. After several months of sorting through short-term needs and long-term goals to restore mission efforts, Rev. Terry Schultz, ELS missionary in Peru, requested $20,000.

    Schultz reports the contribution will be pooled with other donations from the Evangelical Lutheran Free Church (Germany) and ELS’ Committee on Relief to help members of ELS congregations in southern Peru, including Canete, Chincha, and San Clemente.

    Assistance provided to date includes carloads of blankets, water, food, and donations for the purchase of building materials to rebuild homes, including some that were used for home churches. Plans are also being made to construct a multi-purpose building in Chincha for children whose homes and school were wiped out in the earthquake.

    To see the letter of thanks from Missionary Schultz, visit the WELS Committee on Relief Web page: www.welsrelief.net

    More volunteers needed in New Orleans:

    More volunteers are needed to help complete the last phase of a rebuilding project in New Orleans organized by a partnership of WELS agencies in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

    Mr. Mark Vance, disaster relief project coordinator for WELS Committee on Relief reports volunteers with finishing skills such as cabinetry, carpentry, and flooring are needed in April to help complete renovation of about 10 homes. All but one are within a five-mile radius of Crown of Life, the WELS congregation in New Orleans. Some of the homes belong to members of the congregation, others belong to prospects.

    The two-year rebuilding project is set to end at the end of April. When it is complete, about 71 homes will have been gutted and about 22 renovated in the partnership between Committee on Relief, which has funded the effort, and Faith in Action and Builders for Christ volunteers—both part of the parasynodical group WELS Kingdom Workers.

    Currently, about 30 WELS volunteers are working on-site, 19 from one congregation alone—Christ in Pewaukee, Wis. Vance, who has been involved with the project since it began, says he's confident the needed volunteers will come forward. "It's just continually amazing that the Lord continues to provide exactly what we've needed," he says. "It's a project that just goes on by the will of God."

    For more information or to learn how to support the effort financially, go to www.welsrelief.net.

    WELS Foundation receives gift:

    A WELS family that wishes to remain anonymous has made a donation of non-voting, private stock to the WELS Foundation—a separate incorporated entity that manages funds for donors who wish to support some portion of the work of synod, its congregations, or affiliates listed in the WELS Yearbook.

    The gift is expected to generate an income of $700,000 in 2008. That income will primarily benefit the congregations and affiliates of the synod. Additionally, $100,000 of the income will go toward the support of WELS' operating budget.

    WELS President Mark Schroeder is expressing thanks for the gift. "This is truly a remarkable blessing from God," he says. "We're thankful to him, and we're grateful for the generosity and faith of this family. God continues to bless our synodwide ministry in ways that we could not have imagined."

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